Rebecca Reitano

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Rebecca Reitano

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Bachelor of Regional and Urban Planning, 2012

Town Planner Adam + Sparkes Town Planning and Development Minyama, Queensland

My job:

Town planning involves preparing development applications and following through with the approval process. In my role I communicate with clients, Council and State government. I also assist with the preparation of land use assessments and prepare master plans for large-scale developments. I have worked on a range of projects from a large residential master plan in Rockhampton to electrical infrastructure and industrial developments all over Queensland. I have also helped businesses on the Sunshine Coast gain development approval for their land use (ie. a medical centre, gym, shops and cafes).

How I got the job:

I was head hunted (via word of mouth from a colleague).

What I enjoy most:

I am constantly being challenged and learning new things. I hope to be involved in planning for the future of the Sunshine Coast. I love that my workplace is close to the beach and commercial centre. I also enjoy the atmosphere in my workplace.

How my degree helped:

The Bachelor of Regional and Urban planning provides a broad understanding of the essential planning principles. You can then go out and apply those in any area of the profession. It really builds the foundations of your career and your professional approach. The opportunity to engage in the profession whilst still studying was invaluable.

Why university?

I wanted to do something that would benefit future generations.

Why USC?

You are offered many opportunities while studying at USC. I travelled to Germany and studied at Kassel University for a month. I’ve also made lasting friendships after meeting other students in my courses. USC is a good size. It isn't too big. You get to speak with your lecturers one-on-one and the campus is quite open and not too busy which also makes it unique. If you like the Coast lifestyle, USC is great.

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